Denver (2-5) at Colorado State (7-3)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 11, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Moby Arena (8,745) -- Fort Collins, Colorado.
Television: ROOT-RM. Home Record: Denver 1-1, CSU 7-1. Away Record: Denver
1-2, CSU 0-2. Neutral Record: Denver 0-2, CSU 0-0. Conference Record: Denver
0-0, CSU 0-0. Series Record: Colorado State leads, 92-67.
GAME NOTES: One of the longest relationships in Colorado State basketball adds
another chapter tonight, as the Rams welcome the Denver Pioneers to Moby Arena
for a non-conference encounter.
The Rams, who are not scheduled to hit the road again until the first of the
new year, have rattled off seven wins in eight opportunities in Fort Collins.
The team has posted five victories in the last six outings overall, thank to a
109-55 thrashing of Southwestern Oklahoma State three days ago..
As for the Pioneers, they opened the 2013-14 campaign with fourth straight
defeats against a number of top-notch opponents before posting back-to-back
wins against Alaska Anchorage and Southern. However, more recently Denver
landed back in the loss column with a 64-63 overtime event versus Mercer on
the road on Saturday.
Colorado State owns a 92-67 advantage in the all-time series, taking four in a
row and eight of the last nine encounters. The Rams have not lost at home
against Denver in more than four decades and their 92 total wins in the series
represent the most for the school against any other program in history.
Chris Udofia scored 21 points, shooting 8-of-16 from the field, but had he
done even slightly better at the free-throw line (5-of-11) then the Pioneers
could have easily come up with their third straight win instead of going down
against Mercer in Georgia over the weekend. Cam Griffin pitched in with 14
points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, followed by Brett Olson
with 10 points, although he shot just 2-of-7 from the floor as the team
finished with only 39.3 percent accuracy.
Denver has had a different leading scorer in each of the last four outings,
just one of the reasons why wins have been so hard to come by this season.
Udofia is at the top of the scoring list overall with his 12.7 ppg, but close
behind lurks Olson with his 12.3 ppg, thanks in large part to his 84.6 percent
effort at the charity stripe. However, the Pioneers as a group are shooting
just 69.9 percent at the line and 40.3 percent from the field, leading to only
62.7 ppg, compared to 69.7 ppg for the competition.
The Rams generated their fourth-highest point total in program history against
SWOSU, reaching triple digits for the first time in almost eight years, but
fans have to remember that the competition was far from Division I worthy. CSU
placed six players in double figures during the onslaught, led by J.J. Avila
who tallied 27 points in just 19 minutes before exiting. Joe DeCiman and Jon
Octeus contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively, followed by Daniel
Bejarano, Josh Morgan and David Cohn with 10 points apiece.
Thanks to the blowout win last week, the Rams are now averaging 81.1 ppg and
holding foes to 70.2 ppg, but it should be noted that a number of the wins for
the team this season have come against rather weak competition. Avila is now
averaging 19.5 ppg to pace three players in double figures, followed by
Bejarano with his 13.4 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Octeus accounts for 12.9 ppg and
between the three of them they have handed out 97 assists in order to keep the
offense motoring along.
Colorado State has had the benefit of a very favorable schedule early on, but
even though the Pioneers might pose a bit more of a threat, the outcome should
still be the same.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 82, Denver 69
12/11 10:33:17 ET